My Camera Was STOLEN (wallet too)! | A Visit from an Old Friend

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Someone broke into my truck and stole my expensive camera and wallet. After dealing with restoring my identity with new cards to replace everything in my wallet, an old friend and his wife visit me at my log cabin, bearing gifts. I've been spending more time away from my off grid homestead than normal, and I explain why and how that caused the theft of my camera gear. Gone is a Canon 1DX, Manfrotto tripod, Oakley sunglasses and more.
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Aug 11, 2019

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kim sims
kim sims 11 hours ago
Starquality 1 Reviews
Well you don’t need no friends like that, sorry sometimes friends let you down and we never understand why, Jenni
Vaskedama 15 hours ago
@MY Self Reliance I am wondering about how you went about sourcing your property. I ask because I have an interest to start moving in the same direction as your self. Not to the same degree, but at least get something going.
Christopher Andrew
Christopher Andrew 16 hours ago
Kids going to college ....never have I heard u thank and appreciate us subscribers ...like joe does ...end of the day it is us and USvid money paying for ur kids education
Christopher Andrew
Christopher Andrew 16 hours ago
Your hat is too small...or is it just your ego and head growing bigger
h34p 17 hours ago
always hide a gps tracker in your camera-backpack. easy to do, costs pretty much nothing and make everything easier.
Carter Adams
Carter Adams 19 hours ago
Oh man I’m so sorry. Had a camera snatched a couple months ago, it’s a terrible feeling. Hope you’re able to recoup some of the costs and are doing alright.
pamula wallace
pamula wallace 19 hours ago
Sorry to hear about your loss a real bummer!!!
Robert Davies
Robert Davies 20 hours ago
simon freeman
simon freeman 21 hour ago
Sad to think someone would steal form lifes nice folk, but unfortunately thieves do not discriminate. Otherwise good to see your back at cabin, and great pics as usual.
angielou123 21 hour ago
Karma always pays back.
Gail Forest
Gail Forest 21 hour ago
That's a sick feeling when you're victimized. So sorry.. Hope the insurance will replace it... So bright side, Your getting a new camera, and maybe a new lock box to store the good stuff in.. I dream of camera equipment like yours. I can imagine the anger when you found the break in. Sorry Shawn.. Love your videos of Alaska and everything else you share with us. I need some sage bundles..by the way! It helps with mosquitoes!
mnm I stand for my flag
No matter the country , thieves should be subjected to capital punishment . PERIOD!!!
nationwyde1 23 hours ago
I thought you were going to tell us a humorous story about wildlife dragging off your gear. But so sorry to know it was a human that did it! Apparently, they must have needed it more! (We say that to feel better.)
Her Woofness Boston Terrier
Well that sure sucks!!!! Jane and her wacky sidekick Lola, the Boston Terrier
Lorraine McKay
I really enjoy your videos. Watching the bears and the moose was so relaxing. Sorry about your camera.
Ask The bear nicely to give it back
Buy a new one
Believer Y’shua
I feel sorry your equipment was stolen. I hope recoup some of the money through your vehicle insurance. Here’s one project you don’t want to film: dig a hole squared out to make a cellar box fit in it with landscaping rocks 5” high at the bottom with small tubes under the rocks to divert the water away then an open top steel box with no other holes is fitted into the hole. This will house your expensive equipment wrapped in a professional water tight bag. For the cover lid use same method as your roof and leaves branches to conceal. Then mount the camera nearby but in all honesty you should have a simple cart sled your retriever can pull to and from the cabin and vehicle.
modsavant Day ago
How can anyone possibly downvote this video? It's so peaceful, natural and genuine.
Lance Giltner
Jeremy, thank you for the great content you continue to produce. Something I believe doesn’t really get mentioned is your great music selection. Maybe in future videos you can post the artists and song for us? It’s very relaxing, I would love to listen to more!!
phil spencer
phil spencer Day ago
Do you and your wife not live together ? or are you separated ?
All the more reason to move out into the middle of nowhere, away from humans.
Sinan Kayan
Sinan Kayan Day ago
perfect, documentary taste.🏕🦌🐂🐻
pkeod Day ago
Diversity is not our strength
Alma Macleod
Alma Macleod Day ago
What goes around comes around they will be punished in the end anyway you are awesome to the end love you and your family xxx
Wendy  Crandall
I know how you feel Shawn, my husband and I were on Vacation and on our way home on the last night at a hotel our back passengers window was broken in and things taken, gifts and souvenirs we bought along the way, we had hidden under a blanket in the SUV, and they took 3 bags of dirty clothes... so weird, I am lucky I took my nice camera in the hotel with me... I wish you luck, we are dealing with insurance now too.. our SUV is almost repaired, we arent getting reimbursed for the stolen items because that falls under home owners insurance, and our deductible is too high... love your videos..and Cali..
Wendy  Crandall
That is great news, I'm so happy to hear that. One item that was taken of mine was a ceramic bowl I made with my mom and sisters at a pottery store...it has a very special memory tied to it..and now its gone... but I cant change these things that happen, all we can do is be safer, and protect ourselves better...have a great weekend
My Self Reliance
Sorry to hear that. Our deductible is high too but the insurance company has agreed to reimburse us if we purchase exactly the same equipment so it's worth it.
wert freund
wert freund Day ago
Sad to hear Your Wallet and equipment was Stolen CCP CREDIT CARD PROTECTION offers a real good insurance and free copy service for all stolen licenses, cards and permits . All around the planet they provide You with certified copies of all You registered documents there. Got that same "fun" on vacation. And Y o u my very special friend if You read that who stole Shawn's gear, camera wallet and stuff ..may God bless You upon my prayer with hot, painfully Rheumatism in Your hands stealing from a righteous fair and friendly man! Amen. So *better* return his goods quick a f! ! !👌 May be dark window tinting foil an a dark blanket cast over all Your goods you carry on Your backset could help to prevent "opportunities to steal" 😉 Great shots of those bears @17:00 even timelapse and those great Moose too. Amazing to watch!
Higzy Teflon
Higzy Teflon Day ago
Really great footage here.. one of your best uploads thus far. Thanks for sharing!
Quốc Tuấn Phan
The music in your video is awesome (y )
Epic Army Of One
Not just yours, Jason form Primal Outdoors recently had some of his stolen too
Dream Girls Daily
It's funny that for the most part, friends that I used to be brothers with, who I haven't seen for over 10+ years come back into my life and with a few of them, it's like we're two different people in how we've grown, or not grown, over the years, to the point of not really being compatible anymore.
Lyn Hanna
Lyn Hanna Day ago
I live in a small village and if you don't lock it up, store it out of sight it gets stolen. Had a neighbour cut down two curly willow trees of mine, on my property, because she "wanted" the branches. Thieves are beyond low, hope the insurance company comes thru.
Truthfears Guilty
Very sorry that happened to you. Hope you retrieve them soon.
Bloodshot Day ago
My mom loves the show. She likes your dishes with the bears, cabins and trees around the edge. Same thing for the mason jars with the black bears on them. She'd like to know where she can get them from?
My Self Reliance
The dishes are from Cabelas. The leather Mason jar covers I sell directly if people reach out to me.
Truthfears Guilty
i can live with Rabbits, Deer, Raccoons, Foxes. But not with Bears, Cougars, Wolves or Wolverines.
Larry Bredesen
Sorry you got hit by somebody who clearly lacks respect for others. They walk among us. Glad you’re back at the cabin .... these are the vids (and glimpses of your world) that I enjoy the most
dave52732 Day ago
Sorry to hear of your theft loss, hard to trust people when they predate on your belongings...
Hershel Cyphers
Hated to hear about your gear be stolen. I enjoy watching the videos you make. Thanks
Bill Mitchell
Yes sir. Take us on a turkey hunt. I hope you do more hunts for us and more catch and cook videos. ( fish ) 👍👍👍☺
Bill Mitchell
This is hear say. Insurance will cover things in your vehicle if it's locked. If left unlocked it's not covered. Like I said this is just hear say. Hope it's wrong buddy.
Homestead Wannabee
Amazing people, who's "job" is thieving, are able to sleep. Insurance should pay, of course, and perhaps the next camera will be just as enjoyable for you. I think I'd watch even if you used a phone like me lol. So wonderful to reconnect with lost friends. Blessings ~
Damon Dye
Damon Dye Day ago
So sorry to hear about the theft. Thanks so much for the Alaska footage. I loved seeing the Proenneke cabin.
Kenneth Voigt
I'll give you $10,000.00 for your dog.
My Self Reliance
Lol, she's priceless
Gerry DX
Gerry DX Day ago
I hate thieves! What a loser! Hope things get better. Great show!
Linda Stevens
Catch the thief. Take him to the deep woods. Handcuff him around the tree and hang a side of smoked bacon over the thief.
Tim Woodring
Tim Woodring 16 hours ago
Hey, I like smoked bacon as much as a bear. Make it Velveeta cheese, as much as you want. The other yellow stuff.
Gigi Keto
Gigi Keto Day ago
Don't go to the expense of smoked....or even bacon....just tie him up.
Lisa McNish
Lisa McNish Day ago
Nice video back at the cabin, missed Cali! Glad you had a safe trip to Alaska, sorry about your stolen property, hope you can recover some of the loss. Hate to see summer coming to an end!🐾🐾
michael knight
Exact type of person everybody hates more than a liar = A Theif
Rinkal Mehla
Rinkal Mehla Day ago
Try to do Meditation You have nice place and loneliness to do it i think it will be best for you or if you wanna learn it then pls search about OSHO or SADHGURU on google
manna2015 Day ago
the music at the end of your episode - where's that from? who is the artist - sounds like Acoustic Alchemy
Beelzeboss From Kickapoo
Hey , one question: How do you store fresh meat at the cabin so that it does not get rotten?
Barbara Kujawa
Barbara Kujawa 2 days ago
I am sure you hv heard comments galore on your theft experience, and I am sorry to hear about it. I just want to comment on the beauty you captured added onto the vid of your friend from years ago that visited you. This was extraordinary of the bears and bird life. That was SO amazing! I can understand your love of the wilds and woods because of your apparent deep love for nature in its purest form. Thank you for sharing.🙏❤️
M Swede
M Swede 2 days ago
I have an large RTIC cooler in my truck. It is chained and locked to the bed. When I lock the cooler it is as close to a safe as practical. Plus it is an excellent cooler.
Ponaxe svahn
Ponaxe svahn 2 days ago
love your personality and spirit, hope you get your things back! Good video as awlays.
Philip Piscatella
Really horrible that some low life would steel your stuff. Wouldn't expect that sort of thing where you live. Sorry it happened. Keep up your good spirits and good work.
Lainey 2 days ago
Very sorry to hear about your stolen camera and wallet. Made me angry when I saw the subject line of the video! I certainly hope you're not being targeted! On another note, love sage, love the music in the video, and congrats on reaching 900K subscribers. We need to celebrate when you hit 1M! Have a great weekend!
Virginia Bradley
Virginia Bradley 2 days ago
Thumbs up!!! Clark and Virginia
Isabel Gil
Isabel Gil 2 days ago
No animals invade your garden?! Amazing! You don't have any fence or protection around it, right?
Mazin Kandah
Mazin Kandah 2 days ago
So sorry Shawn about your recent video in having your camera, wallet and sun glasses stolen. But true to your commitment to what you’re doing that is not going to phase you. You have my utmost respect and admiration for what you are doing; we need people like you who show respect and appreciation to our Mother Nature. You are doing a valuable service by doing the things you do with passion and commitment. Take care of yourself.
Gabi1342 2 days ago
Sorry to hear your camera equipment, wallet and stuff has been stolen! Thanks so much for the amazing wildlife footage. I love the new intro and the end of this video a lot. Hope they didnt steal any of your memory cards... (or maybe only the one inside your DSLR).
Jim Marriott
Jim Marriott 2 days ago
Trail cam thought... Always install in pairs, one for the dishonest to find and the other to get it back.
Jim Marriott
Jim Marriott 2 days ago
Camera like that can't you just call OnStar and have its airbag set off? No disrespect intended only an offering of condolences. Very sad.
Keith Bond
Keith Bond 2 days ago
meet his wife........didnt you met her at the wedding....best man
Isabelle Pascal
Isabelle Pascal 2 days ago
C'est magnifique merci à bientôt
Tiadaghton37 2 days ago
Loved your Alaskan footage -- the bears were awesome. The little one taking a nap in the water was so cute. Love your channel!
elliottdmann 2 days ago
Love the wildlife footage!
Mia Jacobs
Mia Jacobs 2 days ago
Wat mooi
ndlz1 2 days ago
🤦🏻‍♀️ The thief took, and you’re left with the hassel of calling, cancelling, and replacing documents. I guess one can never get far away enough from malice!😣
David Oliver
David Oliver 2 days ago
I hate to hear about the crud of the earth inflicting problems on the rest! You have a great attitude Shawn and I wish you all the best! And I hope karma catches up to those who did this! I m sure it was great to get back in touch with old friends, the great feeling of memories are uplifting! And the sharing of his bounty, awesome! As always I enjoy you sharing with us your journey!
David Oliver
David Oliver 2 days ago
Ps The footage of the wildlife at the end of this is spectacular!❤️
Chris Percell
Chris Percell 2 days ago
Shawn, down here in the states there have been several dogs dying from interactions from blue green algae. It’s mainly found in ponds & lakes but it can be found in any body of water if conditions are right. I know you let Cali roam around free(as you should) but I felt I should mention in case Canada news isn’t reporting on it or hasn’t seen this happen yet. The algae swarms have been slowly creeping north. I live in Ohio and it happened in my state....it used to be only in the American south so it is creeping north. Sorry about your stuff getting taken. I’ve been watching your channel for a couple years now and honestly care about y’alls happiness and safety. I wish you better days ahead.
Tye Bear
Tye Bear 2 days ago
Don't know where you were when it was stolen but whomever took it was likely familiar with who you were and of your equipment - especially after you showcased it on your prior vid. Or perhaps it was some random worthless crackhead needing money and you were just unlucky. Regardless and bottom line - NEVER leave or especially visibly leave an expensive rig (and your YT documentation lifeblood) nor wallet like that in your truck. Lesson hopefully learned!
Jason Amster
Jason Amster 2 days ago
What's the music you use at the end of the vid?
Raymond Garland
Raymond Garland 2 days ago
hydraulic ram pump.
Brian Nogueira
Brian Nogueira 2 days ago
That stinks, especially if you had cards with pictures and videos that had not been saved yet. You can replace the camera and tripod, but never the pictures. That is expensive gear. I hope your insurance covers most of the replacement costs for you. All that being said I have thoroughly enjoyed following you and your cabin project(s). Your photography is great and the scenery you have to work with is absolutely beautiful. All the best going forward and give Callie a high five for me.
Fitzy Holden
Fitzy Holden 2 days ago
Stress less mate. I'll watch regardless.
Michelle Ellsworth
No words can describe how you must feel. You and your wife work so hard at bringing us such beauty. So grateful and thank you for that. And we are truly sorry that happened to and your family. I offer up prayers to the one that was so desperate that they needed to harm others. Sad. But heads up and move forward. That's what we do. Again thank you so much for sharing you and your family's journey. Have a wonderful day. Sincerely Michelle Pup Harley and Kitty Liam Arlington Massachusetts.
Wayne Diewald
Wayne Diewald 2 days ago
How do you keep the animals out of your garden?
Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance 2 days ago
I learned my lesson YEARS ago. Never leave anything of value in your vehicle. Especially your wallet. My wallet stays with me in my pocket all day.
Zerofuxgiven 2 days ago
having old friends bring in supplies is a bitch act
Fevzi Aslan
Fevzi Aslan 2 days ago
Thanks good men ✌☺
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